On April 26th we said a huge goodbye to our friends, community and life in the Pacific Northwest and headed East towards family, the prairies and the hope of our own little patch of earth to put down some roots, plant our own food, keep some sheep and chickens and provide for our boys in a less urban setting and a more self-sufficient life style.
With that sense of adventure we made some stops along the way! For those of you who have done any road-tripping with kids, planning stops along the way is essential! After a great visit in Vernon with some close friends we headed to Calgary (where I was born and raised) we met up with an old friend and spent an hour exploring the Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk:
“A 1.2 km trail and boardwalk leads you over a swamp inhabited by muskrat, beaver, skunk cabbage and a host of birds. Signs help you identify the plants and animals you see along the way. This fascinating place is at its best from May through July. Trailhead is at the Skunk Cabbage Picnic Area, 28 km east of Revelstoke on the Trans Canada Highway. ” – From the Parks Canada Website
It was a perfect pit-stop, and although it was a bit early for skunk cabbage season in Revelstoke, it was a beautiful place to stretch our legs and check out the various plants and animals in the interior.
We spent a few weeks in Calgary with cousins and family and spent time going on many adventures! My entire family packed up and headed to Drumheller for the day to check out the Royal Tyrrel Dinosaur Museum! I have not been much of a ‘dinosaur person’ until my kids started getting interested in them – but it was amazing to see all the fossils found in Alberta and just learn the geographical history of the region I grew up in!
Our favorite exhibition was of the T-rex named Black Beauty – it was initially found by two young boys who were out fishing and saw a fossil – they dug it up and didn’t realize what it was, but their curiosity led them them come back to the fossil – inform a teacher from their school, who identified it as a dinosaur fossil and later was uncovered as an almost complete T-rex fossil. My boys are now convinced they will find fossils every time they fish!
The museum has an excellent playground outside, with a huge sandbox and ‘digging’ for kids. The museum is suited for a range of ages, of course the youngest explorer will most likely enjoy just looking at the large dinosaurs, and the older explorers will enjoy reading and learning about how and where the individual fossils were discovered. No matter the age, we all enjoyed it, and will definitely be back!
Royal Tyrrel Museum
The Badlands of Alberta are so beautiful and stunning. Totally different than the temperate rainforest we spent the last 10 years exploring, but so worth the drive and the adventuring! If you get a chance, and especially if you have a dinosaur fan in your life you must make the trip out the the Royal Tyrrel Museum!